At the nexus of learning and innovation

Making (online) group-work work

Presentation at ACER 2018 Research Conference, Sydney, 13 August 2018

Even though group work for learning is a well-established and extensively researched pedagogy, teachers find it still challenging to engage students in productive collaborative learning that extends over time (e.g. weeks – in the context of project-based learning) and is computer-mediated in addition to being classroom-based. I introduce three practices that have been shown to foster collaborative knowledge production and learning: first, group scripts; second, knowledge building and knowledge awareness; and third, group facilitation.

Research Highlight: Spaces of Teaching and Learning

This integrated collection of perspectives on the spaces of teaching and learning uses ‘learning space’ to place educational practice in context. It considers the complex relationships involved in the design, management and use of contemporary learning spaces. It sheds light on some of the problems of connecting the characteristics of spaces to the practices and outcomes of teaching and learning. The contributions show how research into learning spaces can inform broader educational practices and how the practices of teaching, learning and design can inform research.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: Epistemic Fluency and Professional Education

What does it take to be a productive member of a multidisciplinary team working on a complex problem? Increasingly, work in the 21st century begs questions like this. As an answer to this question, Lina Markauskaite and Peter Goodyear respond that one needs to have epistemic fluency to be a productive member of a multidisciplinary team working on a complex problem.

Return of the Research Fest

Save the date; Nov 29th is Fest Day – sign-up for updates at http://bit.ly/festinfo18

Get out your calendars: this year's Fest will be in the New Law building at the University of Sydney on Thursday November 29th. The Fest is an annual-ish, CRLI event inviting the community of the sciences and technologies of learning and innovation to come together to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations. Everyone is welcome to attend and it is free.

'Reimagining the future: Frontiers of learning innovation and research'.

CRLI have been awarded funding by the University’s Strategic Education Grants for the Sydney Research Seminars series 'Reimagining the future: Frontiers of learning innovation and research'.

Who better to give us insights into learning than our ‘expert’ learners – our students? This seminar series will involve undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) students from various disciplines, together with academics, in a series of online discussions and face-to-face seminars that will lead to production of a bi-annual Sydney Learning Innovation and Research Horizon Report.